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3 December 2018

The Blue Room for the club's junior disabled supporters and their families recently opened in the Family Zone.

  • Louise is the club's designated Disability Liaison Officer.
  • The Blue Room opened last month for Latics' junior disabled fans.
  • Email if you have any disability requirements.

Wigan Athletic have more than 90 disabled season ticket holders and recently expanded their offering to their junior disabled fans with the opening of the new Blue Room in the Family Zone.

A pre-match area underneath the East Stand of the DW Stadium, the Blue Room is funded by the Premier League Fans Fund and boasts a number of inclusive activities for the club’s junior disabled supporters and their families to enjoy before home league weekend fixtures.

Elsewhere at the DW Stadium, all four stands have designated platforms for wheelchair users, with catering and toilet facilities, as well as lifts to each concourse with direct access to platforms.

Fans with other disabilities and needs can also be accommodated within every stand, while visually impaired supporters can use the club’s headsets to listen to games.

Discussing the club’s offering to disabled fans on #EFLDayofDisability, Latics’ Disability Liaison Officer, said: “We wanted to provide a better match day experience for our junior disabled fans and families and for them to have a positive time when visiting the DW Stadium.

“The Blue Room provides that and it’s a fabulous facility which is totally inclusive for any young person with a disability to feel safe and secure on the day of a game.

“For myself as DLO I want our disabled supporters, be that junior or adult, to have the same match day experience as everyone else, and the Blue Room definitely does that for our younger fans with a number of fun and exciting activities and sensory equipment for them to enjoy.

“I’m really proud of the club for moving forward with the concept of the Blue Room, and I must say that staff at the Community Trust have been absolutely fantastic in making this room a reality because it will help us to go from strength to strength and enhance our offering to disabled fans.”

Staff from Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium have taken part in Wigan Council’s Autism Friends training course, a workshop designed to provide awareness around the subject and how to better understand people living with autism.

“We want anybody with a disability to feel as though they are welcome at the DW Stadium and for them to enjoy their experience on a match day.

“I’m here to make sure their experience is the best one possible and that accessibility is easy for them. I want them to feel like they can approach me at any time, be that in the week if they want to come and visit the stadium before a game or on a match day itself. 

“We’re proud of what we can offer our disabled supporters, with facilities such as accessible toilets, headsets for visually impaired fans and low level kiosks on the concourses. Everybody is treated as an equal by Wigan Athletic when they visit the DW Stadium.”

The #EFLDayofDisabilities is an event aimed at sharing the positive work carried out by clubs to ensure an inclusive environment for disabled fans.

Please email or call 01942 318090 for more information about what Wigan Athletic offer their disabled supporters.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.

Click here for more information about Together.

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